This page is designed to help educate parents and isn’t meant to endorse any movie, music, or product. Our prayer is that you’ll make informed decisions about what your children watch, listen to, and wear.
What’s Playing at the Movies
Movie: Nanny McPhee Returns (August 20)
Genre: Family comedy/fantasy
Rating: PG (for rude humor, some language, and mild thematic elements)
Cast: Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ewan McGregor, Ralph Fiennes
Synopsis: During World War II, an overwhelmed British mom tries to run the family farm, work, and raise three ornery children while her husband is away at war. When two spoiled cousins join the household, launching another type of war, Mom calls on Nanny McPhee to work some magic.
Discussion Questions: What responsibilities do your parents have? How do you make those roles easier or more difficult? Read aloud Colossians 3:20. Why is it tough to always obey parents and authorities? Why does it please God when we obey? How can our family work together better as a unit?
What Music Is Releasing
Artist: Natalie Grant
Album: Love Revolution
Artist Info: Grant has won four Dove Awards in a row for female artist of the year. She also founded the Home Foundation, which helps female victims of human slavery and trafficking.
Summary: Grant’s eighth album features her strong vocals and gripping, faith-inspired lyrics. About the first single, “Greatness of Our God,” Grant says, “While my mind cannot begin to truly comprehend the greatness of God, neither can any of my doubts restrain his greatness. I’m so grateful that in these strange and scary times…God is in control.”
Discussion Questions: What are some ways you know God is great? When and why do you doubt God? Read aloud Psalm 77:13-14. Would you ever want to be in control of our world—or of your life? How does it feel to know that God is in control of everything?
What Games Are Out
Title: Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers.
Content: Players team up with a diverse group of neighborhood kids to play this arcade-style game with exaggerated animations.
Platform: Xbox, Wii, Nintendo DS.
Title: Puzzle Agent.
Content: While helping Nelson Tethers solve brain teasers, players replenish his supply of chewing gum. Some off-color humor.
Rating: Not yet rated.
Platform: WiiWare, iPhone, iPad.
Title: Despicable Me.
Content: Players become Gru, the criminal mastermind from the hit movie, by planning heists with wacky gadgets..
Rating: E10+ (ages 10+).
Platform: Wii, Nintendo DS, PSP, PS2.